City leaders in York kicked off the growing season Saturday with an opening event for the downtown farmer’s market.
“People come out and support this,” said Terri Kreger, owner of On the Rise, a home-based business that sells baked goods. “It’s a place for the community to come out and talk to their neighbors.”
Kreger said she participated in both the York and Clover markets last year, and plans to do so again this year. She said and her organic, home-baked products have been a big hit with shoppers.
“Phenomenal,” she said. “Most of the time last year at York, I was sold out within an hour.”
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The Downtown York Farmers Market opened Saturday in a vacant parking lot at 55 N. Congress St. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday. City and business leaders hosted a ribbon cutting event and opening festivities with live music by students of a new business, Downtown Music Lessons and More in York.
The Clover Farmer’s Market, which opened Tuesday, May 12, will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday in the parking lot behind the Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St.
The markets feature fresh, local produce, arts and crafts, local honey and other items. Only two vendors were selling produce in York on Saturday, but it’s still early for many types of produce.
Market organizers say they expect to gain more produce vendors as the growing season gears up.
The York market was a place for entrepreneurs, like 10-year-old Alex Wolfe of York, to show their goods. Alex grows mint, sage, thyme and rosemary and has been selling them since he was about 6.
Clint and Elizabeth Boyd of Clover, owner of Saltwater Markets, were letting people know about their home-based business, which sells fresh seafood and specialty meats through Fed Ex.
Clint Boyd said they already sell their food items to some restaurants and decided to gauge the level of interest among individual buyers. He said they have been pleasantly surprised at the strong demand.
“We always thought that we couldn’t do this in our hometown,” Boyd said, but he said they have discovered that people are willing to buy the fresh meat and seafood they sell on a pre-order basis.
“They are willing to when they know where it comes from,” he said.
The Clover market plans special monthly market days with entertainment. They include a June 9 spring fling, a July 7 patriotic celebration, an Aug. 11 beach party and Sept. 8 harvest days.
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New vendors are welcome for the York and Clover farmers markets. For vendor information, call Susan Wagner at 803-684-0404 for the York market and, for the Clover market, contact Barbara Denny at 803-222-9495 or firstname.lastname@example.org.